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Shakespeare Now Series

A series of actors, directors, and scholars who are pioneers in making Shakespeare relevant NOW. 

Past Events:

Spring 2024:

Monday, April 22 (Earth Day), 12:00 pm: Arts & the Environment panel featuring Elizabeth Freestone, author of 100 Plays to Save the World, and a British theatre director who directly an ecological Tempest for the Royal Shakespeare Company in 2023, and Adam Washiyama Shulman, an environmental artist and designer. in SSM 116

Thursday, April 25 at UC Merced and April 26-28 in Yosemite National Park: Shakespeare in Yosemite 2024, a live production of A Midsummer Yosemite's Dream starring several English majors and alumni

Spring 2023:

Tuesday, March 7th, 6:00 pm: Imogen in the Wild screening at Mainzer theatre, downtown Merced.

Sunday April 16 at 6:00 pm: Lisa Wolpe's Shakespeare and the Alchemy of Gender, COB 1 102. 

Thursday April 20th at UC Merced and April 21-23 in Yosemite National Park: Shakespeare in Yosemite 2023, a live production of Romeo and Juliet starring several English majors.

Spring 2022:

Monday, March 28th, 1:30 pm: Devon Glover, AKA The Sonnet Man, talks Hip-hop, Poetry, and Shakespeare over Zoom.

April 22nd-24th in Yosemite National Park: Shakespeare in Yosemite 2022, a live production of Love's Labor's Lost starring several English majors and featuring behind-the-scenes work from many more.

Spring 2021:

Thursday, February 4, 1:30 pm: Paul Prescott: "Festive Shakespeare: Party in the USA?" interactive lecture. Zoom link.  

March 5, 7:00: Q&A with Debra Ann Byrd about her one-woman show, Becoming Othello: A Black Girl's Journey, available with a special Vimeo code for three days before March 5. Links and more info here

Shakespeare in Yosemite 2021: a brand new filmed production of CymbelineImogen in the Wild

Tuesday, April 27, 1:30 pm: Shakespeare and the Planet: a User's Guide, a roundtable organized by Paul Prescott 


Grassroots Shakespeare with Billy Wolfgang. April 6, 2020.

Shakespeare and Hip Hop with Devon Glover, AKA The Sonnet Man. April 13, 2020.

Acting and Gender with Lisa Wolpe. April 20, 2020.

In Conversation with Debra Ann Byrd, founder of Harlem Shakespeare Festival. November 5, 2020.

The making of Ricardo II / La Fabricación de Ricardo II. November 12, 2020.